Mark your calendars for the 2013 American Association for the History of Medicine Conference to be held at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia from May 16 to 19. The upcoming conference promises to provide exciting discussions of the history of medicine, and will introduce you to the wonderful historical, cultural, and culinary experiences that this large, cosmopolitan city has to offer.
The Conference will be hosted at the Emory Conference Center Hotel, a state-of-the-art facility with well-equipped meeting rooms and spacious areas to chat between talks. The hotel facilities, located within the Center, have a special nightly rate for conference attendees for single or double occupancy. Graduate student housing will be available at nearby Emory dorms at significantly discounted rates. While this housing is within walking distance of the Conference Center, there will also be free shuttles available to transport students. All conference housing facilities will have free shuttles available to transport attendees to “Emory Village,” the university’s commercial center, featuring nearby restaurants, cafes, and bars. In addition, the Conference Center will also feature free parking and round-the-clock taxi service, with cabs available for travel to exciting destinations throughout the metro-Atlanta area.
Atlanta is home to many unique resources in the history of medicine. Most notably, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention is just a five minute walk from the Conference Center, and is also accessible via free shuttle. The CDC houses the David J. Sencer CDC Museum, which features exhibitions on the history of public health, medical research, and the CDC itself. Both guided and self-guided tours of the CDC Museum have been arranged for conference attendees. Information and sign-up for these tours will be available at the time of registration. In addition, interested guests can also visit exhibitions on the history of medicine located at the Emory University School of Medicine and the Morehouse School of Medicine—the nation’s first school of medicine located in a Historically Black College and University. Finally, a Friday afternoon reception in the Woodruff Health Sciences Center Library will showcase an exhibit of Emory University-owned rare books featuring an original copy of Andreas Vesalius’ 1543 text De Humani Corporis Fabrica (On the Fabric of the Human Body). The exhibit will also feature Civil War artifacts and related memorabilia.